What’s better than sex first thing in the morning?

A green smoothie is, of course!  If you want to start your day off right, a green smoothie is the best thing you can do for yourself.  I find that I eat healthier and feel better the whole day if I start my day with a green smoothie.  You may be thinking that greens are the last thing you want first thing in the morning, but you will be surprised how much you start to enjoy this highly nutritious treat that is packed full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

This green smoothie recipe tastes fantastic and gets you some delicious raw food first thing in the morning. It only takes about 10 minutes to make. We make one every 2-3 days as it only lasts that long in the fridge after it’s made. All fruits and veggies should be organic if possible. If they are not organic make sure to wash them well. It is delicious, but for some it’s a little bit of an acquired taste. After you’ve had it once you’ll love it because you’ll love the way it makes you feel. This is best to drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. We had have been making this every few days for about 6 months now and have no intention of ever stopping. It’s that good, for you. :)

Ingredients

1 head of organic romaine lettuce or a package of 3 romaine hearts (yes, that much)
1 cup water
1 bunch of spinach (or 1/2 box) -need size
1 large stalk of celery copped into 2 inch pieces
1 large apple, peeled cored, and sliced
1 pear cored and sliced
1 banana
juice from 1/2 a lemon or lime
1 cup of ice

Directions

1. Chop romain and wash thoroughly in a large strainer
2. Add romaine to a blender, add cup of water, blend until liquified. You may have to stop the blender and push the romaine down a couple times before it all bends. Unless you’ve got a Vitamix, and it should blend it all just fine.
3. Add spinach and blend until liquified.
4. Add apple, pear, banana, and lemon, blend until liquified.
5. Add ice, blend until smooth. Make sure you blend long enough for smoothie to be completely liquified. Don’t try and add the ice first, it doesn’t work.

Add another apple, pear, or banana if you like it sweeter. Makes 4 smoothies.

  • Anonymous

    With the above recipe, here are a couple of different spins if you wish to try. Personally, I love the taste of romaine for salads, but not in my smoothies. For some reason it seems the greens taste different blended up. I find that spinach is the mildest when blended, and use that when I can’t get to my local health food store. I try to use Lacinto Kale whenever possible. It is very dark green and a bit more “green” tasting than the spinach, but more nutrition. My other preference is the lime over the lemon, and I don’t use ice. Instead, I freeze the banana. (FYI– take the skins off before you freeze.) So here are my normal smoothies:

    2-3 cups water
    aprox. 2 cups spinach or 3 big leaves of kale
    3 small apples or 2 larger ones
    1 1/2 – 2 frozen bananas
    handful of blueberries (or raspberries)
    1 whole lime (but I remove peel)

    Citrus version:
    2-3 cups water
    greens: spinach/kale
    1 whole grapefruit peeled and with seeds removed
    1 orange with seeds removed
    1 1/2 – 2 frozen bananas

    As Dr. Roth indicated, you trial it, and if you want it sweeter you add more fruit.
    If you want some fat/protein, you can add in some Hemp protein powder or chia seed from the health store.

    I have been having green smoothies every day for breakfast (sometimes lunch or dinner) for the past 4 years. I invested in a Blendtec blender so that the smoothies do not come out chunky. A friend uses a regular blender, but she blends it up 5 times. The Blendtec and the Vitamix higher quality blenders are expensive, but if you use it daily, it is worth it, and I see it as an investment in my health. I don’t sell Blendtecs, I bought that one because it has a smoothie program and it had a bigger motor (at the time anyway.)

    • Eric Roth

      Thanks Robin for all the great suggestions! I agree a lime instead of a lemon is a great alternative. I love a lot of spinach too!